Vital Voices Northwest Council

Building an Active Supporter Base

Vital Voices is committed to building an active supporter base in regions across the United States and Europe to establish partnership opportunities with local individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support the advancement of women’s leadership worldwide.


Rosita Van Coevorden, M.D.

Rasha Qamheyeh Zeine, Founder and CEO, Event Horizon, LLC.


Council Members

Shada Al-Nasser, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

Leslie Decker, Regional Advisor, GLM Education

Effie Gleason, Manager of Marketing and Advertising at Gull Industries and Iron Springs Resort

Thea Handelman, Senior Tax Manager, Amazon

Elizabeth Hunter, Senior Vice President, Technology Implementation, T-Mobile USA

Annette Larson, Vice President of Sales, A to Z Wineworks

Ahinsa Mansukhani, Modern Storytelling Producer – Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft

Joe Patterson, Real Estate Broker, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Marcia Richards, RN, Community Volunteer



05/06/2020 - Women on the Frontlines featuring Leah and Rouba

Vital Voices supporters from around the world joined Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson and Vital Voices women leaders Dr. Rouba…

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09/14/2019 - 7th Annual Vital Voices Seattle Soirée

Our 7th Annual Vital Voices Seattle Soirée: Empowering Women to Lead Change will be held on September 14, 2019 at the Seattle Art Museum. Join us for an evening of celebration, empowerment and inspira...

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05/28/2019 - SIFF Screening of Roll Red Roll

The Vital Voices Northwest Council invites all to an exclusive Seattle International Film Festival screening of Roll Red Roll, followed by…

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03/09/2019 - International Women’s Day Event at The Riveter

On Saturday, March 9th supporters in the Seattle area gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day at The Riveter. The event…

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03/08/2019 - Shopping with INTERMIX

In celebration of Women’s History Month, INTMERIX opened their doors for a series of shopping events benefiting Vital Voices in…

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10/02/2018 - Seattle Launch of Sally Field’s “In Pieces”

Our Vital Voices Northwest Council had the honor of celebrating Sally Field and the launch of her memoir “In Pieces”…

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09/29/2018 - 6th Annual Vital Voices Northwest Gala

Two hundred supporters gathered together at the Seattle Art Museum on September 29th for the sixth annual Vital Voices Northwest Gala. Vital Voices HERlead Fellow and the First Youth Poet Laureate of ...

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05/20/2018 - Film Screening: “A Suitable Girl”

Join us for a Documentary Film Screening of “A Suitable Girl,”a  reality piece of arranged marriage in India. The event…

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03/10/2018 - 2018 VVNW Global Mentoring Walks

On Saturday, March 10 over 50 women in the Seattle area participate in the VV Northwest Mentoring Walk, joining over…

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09/30/2017 - 5th ANNUAL SEATTLE EVENT

Throughout the year, Vital Voices Northwest Council brings programing and mentorship opportunities to the Seattle community to support gender equality…

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05/21/2017 - Vital Voices Screening

Through the Fire Screening at the Northwest Film Forum

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04/30/2017 - Vital Voices Brunch

Vital Voices Brunch featuring 2017 Global Leadership Award Honoree Ariela Suster

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10/08/2016 - 4th Annual Seattle Event

On October 8th the Vital Voices Northwest Council hosted its First Annual Vital Voices Seattle event at the Museum of History and Industry.

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03/27/2016 - Seattle Mentoring Walk

In March 2016 over 200 women from Seattle joined together to participate in the Seattle Vital Voices Mentoring Walk.

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03/12/2016 - Vital Voices Dinner

In March, 2016 Olive Goh and Citi hosted a Vital Voices dinner at Chateau Ste. Michelle featuring Hafsat Abioloa, a pro-democracy activist and political representative fostering women’s leadership in Nigeria and throughout Africa.

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10/16/2015 - 3rd Annual Northwest Luncheon

On October 16, 2015 the Vital Voices Northwest Council hosted the 3rd annual Northwest Luncheon at Hyatt Olive 8 featuring Chouchou Namegabe Dubisson of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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03/08/2015 - Global Mentoring Walk

On March 8, 2015, International Women's Day, the Vital Voices Northwest Council hosted a successful Global Mentoring Walk.

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11/14/2014 - 2nd Annual Northwest Luncheon

On Friday, November 14, 2014 the Vital Voices Northwest Council hosted the 2nd Annual Northwest Luncheon featuring Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer, entrepreneur and activist, and Sunitha Krishnan of India.

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